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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #90 on: April 06, 2007, 06:35:44 pm »
Great pics, Bob.

By the way, the nest pictured two posts up is occupied by a robin. Forgive this poor quality picture, but I didn't want to scare the robin as she sat on her nest this afternoon.



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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #91 on: April 06, 2007, 09:06:21 pm »
I don't think there is any such thing as a baby ladybird, as they have a larva stage (click here) I think they are fully grown ladybirds of a different species to the large one.
 

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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #92 on: April 06, 2007, 09:20:15 pm »
They look like sixteen-spot ladybirds (Tytthaspis 16-punctata).

Go to
http://www.ladybird-survey.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/londonla.htm
and scroll down the page for a picture just like yours.

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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #93 on: April 06, 2007, 09:29:12 pm »
Here's another example, but it's easier to see on Susan's. Apparently they are rare, but clearly not all that rare in your garden.
 

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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #94 on: April 13, 2007, 09:23:09 am »
Trees in Gobions
I was just browsing through the trees & shrubs in Gobions pictures and under Hornbeam, the latin name is down as an anemone!  I think it should be Carpinus betulus L.
 

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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #95 on: April 13, 2007, 10:02:14 am »
Thanks NZer, will fix when I get home. Clearly a poor copy and paste job from the flowers page. You just can't find the right quality staff anymore.

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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #96 on: April 13, 2007, 12:23:36 pm »
Many thanks to John Fraser and Susan for their research.  You live and learn.  We thought that the adults had had lots of babies but it was puzzling as to why there were more spots on the very small ones.

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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #97 on: August 04, 2007, 02:16:21 pm »
A Picture of the awesome sunset in Hawkshead Lane if anyones interested



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« Reply #98 on: August 04, 2007, 04:31:36 pm »
Thanks for posting that - I did see it and remarked how lovely it looked

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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #99 on: August 05, 2007, 01:46:35 pm »
No Problem!

There are a few pictures of gobions up aswell if anyone is interested

i really want to get the blue bell field next year, was pretty annoyed at myself i missed it this year. Click on images for larger versions.











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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #100 on: August 05, 2007, 04:20:10 pm »
Hi,

I hope you don't mind, but I have put the links in so that your pictures show up on the thread (rather than just as URLs).

To do this yourself in future, simply use the icon that looks like this and then put the address of the image in between these tags.

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I've also moved this from the off topic area and merged it with the local nature thread.

Thanks for sharing the images.

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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #101 on: August 05, 2007, 04:34:02 pm »

What lovely pictures, thank you!   :D
 

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« Reply #102 on: August 05, 2007, 10:20:33 pm »
Cheers David, thats not a problem
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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #103 on: January 13, 2008, 12:13:42 pm »
The nest in our shed, which was occupied by a robin in the spring ...

...is now the home of a field mouse.

I disturbed it this morning, but instead of running away it just looked at me. It's a cute thing with massive black eyes. Should I be concerned and move the nest, or live and let live?  I've been reading up on field mice, and there is a nice picture of one on the Wildlife Britain site (click here to see it), but I can't find any advice about what to do about them.

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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #104 on: January 13, 2008, 07:58:29 pm »
If it was me David, I'd leave him/her there. Totally harmless. As long as you don't have a food source in the shed e.g dog, cat or bird food etc it should be fine.  You thould think about charging rent though!!
 

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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #105 on: January 13, 2008, 08:07:07 pm »
If it was me David, I'd leave him/her there. Totally harmless. As long as you don't have a food source in the shed e.g dog, cat or bird food etc it should be fine.  You thould think about charging rent though!!

I have some seed in there and some of those balls of seed and fat that I hang on the trees, but they are in a sealed container. I thought they were going down well with the local bird population until I saw two squirrels untie two of them this afternoon and carry them away, leaving the green netting still attached to the tree.

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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #106 on: January 13, 2008, 08:20:12 pm »
We have the same problem here but with possums.  I can never catch them in the act because they are nocturnal. Night raiders!
 

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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #107 on: January 15, 2008, 02:27:30 pm »
Field mice are certainly very cute and appealing. We had them for a couple of years in our loft, unfortunately we had to take measures to stop them breeding, because whilst far more appealing than the ordinary house mouse, mice are mice.....

I have seen on a couple of occasions on a lovely summers evening nibbling around the spilled food from our bird table in our garden.
 

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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #108 on: October 08, 2008, 04:51:24 pm »
Does anyone know if I can fry this for my tea or is it poisonous? We've got several in the garden.



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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #109 on: October 08, 2008, 09:05:27 pm »
Looks like a Boletus to me and therefore should be edible, but I wouldn't risk it.  :P
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« Reply #110 on: October 09, 2008, 02:34:19 am »
Looks a bit iffy to me! Think you'd be safer with fish and chips!  If we don't hear from you in a week,
we'll know why!  :)
 

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« Reply #111 on: October 09, 2008, 10:56:26 am »
Check out 'Bay Bolete' on the internet.  It seems to match the various pictures and it is said to appear in Sept - Nov so that is spot on.  About 15cm high.

If you do try it and it is poisonous, let me say that it has been a pleasure knowing you  and we will all miss you >:D

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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #112 on: October 09, 2008, 11:55:24 am »
Will know at the weekend, serving it up as a Wild Mushroom Risotto to some friends (not too fond of them). I am sticking to steak and chips. Will report back Sunday morning. 
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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #113 on: October 12, 2008, 08:50:15 pm »
What happened to the "friends"????
 

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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #114 on: October 12, 2008, 09:42:25 pm »
To judge by the resounding silence I reckon Dave accidentally ate some aswell as his guests. But don't forget, the problem with fungus poisoning is that by the time you realise you've eaten a death cap by mistake (about 1 day later) the damage has been done and you are a goner. At least if you eat a duff piece of meat all you do is, er, spend a long time in the bathroom. How delicate is that?

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« Reply #115 on: October 13, 2008, 06:16:23 am »
Had a change of mind and decided on a take away. By Friday there were five more.

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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #116 on: November 02, 2008, 12:46:03 pm »
Some great fungus in our garden today. Any experts out there?

















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« Reply #117 on: November 02, 2008, 11:04:41 pm »
Great photo's David.  Don't tell me you were thinking of eating them as well! If you turn over a few rotten logs in the woods, you'll find plenty of bugs and snails to go with them. You'll have a right smorgasboard!
We'll have to start calling you Bear Grylls!

My nan told us that if you saw lots of toadstools in the garden it meant there were lots of fairies living there - but not to touch them as the fairies would get angry - so be warned!  :)
 

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« Reply #118 on: November 03, 2008, 05:58:16 am »
My nan told us that if you saw lots of toadstools in the garden it meant there were lots of fairies living there - but not to touch them as the fairies would get angry - so be warned!  :)

The fairies should be happy, I gathered all the toadstools/mushrooms and dumped them at the bottom of the garden, where I am told the fairies are meant to live.

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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #119 on: November 05, 2008, 10:34:34 am »
For those unable to get out and about, here are some snaps taken on an autumn walk in the Northaw Great Wood. (if you have any pictures you want to add to this local nature thread, please do.



















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